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Film Studies A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

The course is divided into 3 components:

Component 1: American and British Film (written examination - 35% of qualification)

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films.

Section A: Classical Hollywood
Section B: Hollywood since the 1960s (two-film study)
Section C: Contemporary American independent film

Section D: British film (comparative study)

Component 2: Varieties of Film (written examination - 35% of qualification)

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films and one compilation of short films.

Section A: Film movements
Section B: Documentary film
Section C: Global film

Section D: Short film

Component 3: Production (non-exam assessment - 30% of qualification)

This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Students either make a short film or write a screenplay.


You are assessed on both coursework and two written exams (at the end of your second year). Your coursework is a combination of practical film making and a written reflective analysis.

Future opportunities

If you are seeking a career in media or the film industry, further study and/or vocational training is often required. Many of our Film Studies students go on to study the subject at university. The A level is diverse in the skills explored and students regularly research, evaluate, lead and take part in discussion and debate, create presentations and produce essays. The skills gained throughout the course are transferrable to many higher education courses and careers, particularly the Arts, Humanities and English. 

Further information

As part of the course students will have the opportunity to go to various film viewings and potential Q & A sessions with directors/writers. Students also have a chance to get involved with our film club, working with other sixth formers and younger students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blenheim High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years